The groundbreaking exhibition Women of Abstract Expressionism celebrated the often unknown female artists of this mid-twentieth-century art movement. More than 50 major paintings were on view by artists working on the East and West Coasts during the 1940s and '50s: Mary Abbott, Jay DeFeo, Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Sonia Gechtoff, Judith Godwin, Grace Hartigan, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Deborah Remington, and Ethel Schwabacher. This was the first presentation of works by these artists together at one time.
Women of Abstract Expressionism focused on the expressive freedom of direct gesture and process at the core of abstract expressionism, while revealing inward reverie and painterly expression in these works by individuals responding to particular places, memories, and life experiences.
An original video was on view in the exhibition (watch trailer in the slide show at top), and included accounts about exciting moments in these artists' lives, as well as issues affecting women during this time period. An educational lounge offered a space for visitors to explore the climate of the 1950s through images, ephemera, and music (with a playlist available on Spotify), a glimpse into other aspects of the artists' lives, and a chance to reflect upon and share personal experiences.
An illustrated catalog accompanied the exhibition.
The exhibition was organized by the Denver Art Museum and curated by Gwen Chanzit, the museum's curator of modern art. After the DAM, the exhibition traveled to the Mint Museum, Charlotte, October 22, 2016–January 22, 2017 and the Palm Springs Art Museum February 18–May 29, 2017.
Women of Abstract Expressionism (on view June 12–September 25, 2016) is included in general admission and is free for members.
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